On the off chance that you divide all of history into the BP and AB eras (Before Pokémon and Anno Bulbasaur, naturally), you may need a reminder that this Saturday, February 27, marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the very first games. It's a big deal, and it's set to kick off a year-long celebration that's going to feature the release of the Pokémon Go interactive app and, if rumors are to be believed, the announcement of Pokémon Sun and Moon coming shortly.

If, however, you want a more tangible representation of the franchise, there's good news on that front, too. Every month, Tomy is going to release a set of special Pokémon toys exclusively through Gamestop and Toys R Us, focusing on the many Legendary Pokémon from the game's 20-year history. Check out the first releases below!



First up, we have February's offerings, and naturally, they're going to start with the big names from Generation 1. At TRU, we have the 8" plush doll in crushed velvet material of good ol' #25, Pikachu, along with the 2" Clip-And-Carry figure finished in pearlescent paint that comes complete with a Pokéball. Also, this month brings the 8" plush doll and 2" pearlescent figure of #151, Mew. That one's a little harder to get --- first you have to surf past the SS Anne, then talk to the old man five times, and then use Strength to move the truck and find the---

Wait, no, sorry. Had my notes mixed up. That one's at Gamestop, and it's in a Great Ball.

And in March, Toys R Us will feature Generation II's time-traveling Legendary, Celebi:



Looks like it's going to be a real... Celebi-ration, huh? Huh?

Wait, no, come back. C'mon! Look, at least stay for the pricing info. According to Gamestop and TRU's websites, the 2" figures retail for $9.99, and the plush dolls for $16.99. As for what will be available throughout the rest of the year, well, that remains to be seen, but personally, I'm holding out for a life-sized Snorlax that I can use in place of a bed.


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